Vedere la Scienza Festival

XVI International Scientific TV, Film and AV Media Festival

Milano   26/3/2012 - 3/4/2012

Spazio Oberdan, Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 e Mediateca Santa Teresa, Via Moscova 28 - MILANO


In Quest of the First European

  1. Original Title: En busca del primer europeo
  2. Author: Luis Quevedo, Alfonso Par, Iván Yamir
  3. Director: Luis Quevedo, Alfonso Par, Iván Yamir
  4. Scientific Advisor: Eudald Carbonell
  5. Editor: Luis Quevedo, Iván Yamir
  6. Photography: Iván Yamir
  7. Production: TVE/Turkana Films
  8. Spain
  9. 58 min.
  10. 2011

There comes a time when we all start wondering about the origin of the Earth or of life on the planet, and on our own roots digging deep into the remotest past. What is the origin of European man? The Middle East? Africa? There is no easy answer and this is one of the subjects scientists are most fond of. The movie offers an exciting scientific journey to discover man’s history. A young man escorts archaeologist Eudald Carbonell across three continents (Africa, Asia, Europe), asking questions that help review the basic milestones of man’s evolution in a simple but effective manner. Carbonell, from the Tarragon University, in Spain, made significant discoveries in the region of Atapuerca, in northern Spain: the findings, together with lots of primitive tools, have been assumed to refer to Homo heidelbergensis, a hominid that lived between 600thousand and 100thousand years ago, an ancestor of Homo neanderthalensis, who would then colonize Europe from there.

Like explorers in the Indiana Jones style, the movie leads us through a number of discovery sites and shows how scientists perform field observations and analyze the findings to obtain valuable information about their period of origin, about the morphological features of the hominids, and about their life style, in order to trace the course of our history.